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Olivia Cooke to star in 'Vanity Fair' adaptation for ITV, Amazon
Mammoth Screen to produce seven-part series.
ITV has tied with Amazon for the first time – commissioning a seven-part adaptation of William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.
Mammoth Screen, the company behind ITV’s Victoria, and Amazon Studios will co-produce the 7x60-minute drama which is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and will star Olivia Cooke will star as the social climbing heroine Becky Sharp.
Thackeray’s novel, which was published as a serialisation from 1848, is to be adapted by Gwyneth Hughes.
Vanity Fair was ordered by head of drama Polly Hill, who told Screen’s sister publication Broadcast earlier this month that she was open to signing more international co-production deals.
“We want to be in the market for those bigger, global facing dramas because the audience has become an international one,” she said. “What »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
‘Deadpool 2’ Adds ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ Star Julian Dennison
While “Deadpool” made big piles of money, and was declared the proof of concept that you could step well outside the superhero sandbox, take a risk, and have it pay off handsomely, let’s just say the movie wasn’t for me. I have very little interest in the follow-up, but now Ryan Reynolds and co. have provided one reason I might watch the sequel one day, even if it’s on an airplane.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Box Office: ‘Baby Driver’ Races to $2.1 Million in Tuesday Night Previews
Sony’s R-rated action-thriller, starring Ansel Elgort as a getaway car driver, expands to 3,150 sites Wednesday to get a head start on the Independence Day weekend. The studio is projecting an opening in the $13 million to $15 million range for the five-day Wednesday-Sunday period, while other projections have been in the $20 million area.
- Dave McNary
Michael Bond Dies: Paddington Bear Creator & Author Was 91
Creator of Paddington, the marmalade-loving bear from deepest darkest Peru, Michael Bond has died. Publisher Harper Collins UK announced the news this afternoon, saying Bond passed away at home on Tuesday after a short illness. He was 91. The British author sold his first short story in 1945 and published his first Paddington book, A Bear Called Paddington in 1958. He ultimately published over 200 books for children, including dozens devoted to the trouble-prone duffel… »
‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Johnny Galecki’s House Burns Down in Massive Fire; Actor Unharmed
Galecki was not at the property at the time of the fire and is unharmed.
The hideway home was in San Luis Obispo, located in between Los Angeles and San Francisco. According to the TMZ, who first broke the news, the 1,200 acre fire burned down the ranch and other property on the estate. As of press time, 40% of the fire had been contained.
The actor’s rep confirms the report that states Galecki has not yet seen the property, but plans to check out the scene once the fire is completely contained.
According to a statement from Galecki, no one was harmed in the fire. »
- Variety Staff
Troy Duffy ('Boondock Saints') Returns With 'The Blood Spoon Council'
Producer Scott Clayton and his Oceanside Media has signed on to produce and fully finance The Blood Spoon Council, Troy Duffy’s return to the director’s chair since The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day in 2009.
The psychological thriller centres on the eponymous vigilante group that hunts down and executes serial killers in the Us.
When the FBI commissions a rogue profiler to get inside the head of the group’s elusive leader, the investigation is derailed when the whizzkid engages in a game of cat-and-mouse with a formidable mastermind.
Ansel Elgort to Portray John F. Kennedy in World War II Drama ‘Mayday 109’
The project has been in development since 2015, when Beau Flynn and Basil Iwanyk acquired a script by Samuel Franco and Evan Kilgore. Kent Kubena and Taylor Zea will oversee for Thunder Road and Scott Sheldon will oversee for Flynn Picture Co. No director is yet attached.
Kennedy was the commander of patrol torpedo boat PT 109 in the South Pacific when it was rammed by a Japanese destroyer Amagin, killing two crewmen. With the crew presumed dead by allies, Kennedy led the 11 survivors in swimming to a deserted island, where the crew had to hide from passing Japanese barges.
Kennedy swam over two miles to two other islands in search of help and food, then led his men to Olasana Island, which »
- Dave McNary
Gwendoline Christie Joins Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis’ Drama
Diane Kruger, Leslie Mann and Janelle Monae are also starring in the movie. Carell will star as a man who builds a miniature World War II village as a way to recover from a violent assault. Christie will be his caretaker.
the story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.
Christie is well known for her role as Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s Game of Thrones and stars opposite Nicole Kidman and Elizabeth Moss in “Top of the Lake.” She appeared as Captain Phasma in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will return for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
- Dave McNary
Michael Nyqvist, ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Star, Dies at 56
Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” films alongside Noomi Rapace, died on Tuesday following a battle with lung cancer, his representative confirmed. He was 56.
“On behalf of Michael Nyqvist’s representatives and family, it is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year long battle with lung cancer,” said his rep in a statement. “Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.”
Though best known for his role in the Swedish “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy, Nyqvist also broke into American film. He played the villain alongside Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol »
- Alex Stedman
Lena Dunham To Co-Write ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake Starring Jack Nicholson & Kristen Wiig
We could hardly believe it either when news arrived earlier this year that a remake of the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann” was in the works. We were even more surprised that it would star Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig. Well, the bombshells don’t end there.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Deadpool 2’ Production Kicks Off, Ryan Reynolds Shares First Photo From Set
“The sun sets on day 1. Feels good to be back. This dog can hunt,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds will return in the sequel as the foul-mouthed superhero with Josh Brolin signed on as Cable. »
- Dave McNary
Lizzy Caplan, Rick Okon board Sky’s $28m ‘Das Boot’ Sequel (Exclusive)
A 104-day shoot for the high-end series starts at end-August and will take in La Rochelle, Prague, Malta and Munich. Billed as a sequel to the 1981 film and Lothar-Günther Buchheim novel, the show will go out on Sky’s pay TV channels in Germany, Italy, and the U.K.
Other cast members include Vicky Krieps (“Colonia Dignidad”), Jonathan Zaccaϊ (“Robin Hood”), Leonard Scheicher (“Finsterworld”), Robert Stadlober (“Summer Storm”), Franz Dinda (“The Cloud”), and Stefan Konarske (“The Young Karl Marx”). German filmmaker Andreas Prochaska (“The Dark Valley”) will direct the eight-part series, which launches on Sky next fall.
- Stewart Clarke
AMC Renews ‘Better Call Saul’ for Season 4
Exec produced by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, “Better Call Saul” stars Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, the lawyer character introduced to viewers as Saul Goodman on the Gilligan-created “Breaking Bad.” The series is the third most watched scripted cable drama so far this year among viewers 25-54, averaging 1.98 million such viewers in Nielsen live-plus-three numbers.
“Supporting artists we respect and admire; delivering truly outstanding character development and nuanced dramatic twists and turns; continuing a legacy of bold creative choices; loving writing that is the best in the business: Truly, ‘S’all good, man’” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Congratulations to Vince, Peter, Bob and everyone involved with ‘Better Call Saul.’ Bring on season four!”
“Better Call Saul” was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016, including outstanding drama series and outstanding actor in a drama series for Odenkirk.
- Daniel Holloway
Damon Lindelof Promises Justin Theroux Will Get Naked if ‘The Leftovers’ Gets Emmy Nominations
In a series of Instagram posts Monday night, Lindelof took a fresh approach in convincing Emmy voters to nominate “The Leftovers.” “Nominate Theroux and the sweatpants go away,” the “Lost” co-creator wrote above a sweaty, shirtless Theroux.
The “For your consideration” period this year has had a few unconventional ploys to lure Emmy voters — like real-life handmaids from Hulu walking. »
- Ashley Boucher
Alec Baldwin Says He’ll Return to ‘SNL’ as Trump Next Season
Alec Baldwin said in an interview with CNN Tuesday that he will indeed return to “Saturday Night Live” next season for another round of Donald Trump impersonations. “Yea, we’re going to fit that in. I think people have enjoyed it,” said Baldwin, who was in New York City on Monday to promote is new movie “Blind.” Baldwin’s take on the 45th President of the United States was only meant to last for the duration of the presidential election, but after Trump’s victory, Baldwin stuck around for more cold open sketches during the president’s first 100 days. Baldwin »
- Jeremy Fuster
‘Veep’ Vagi-brary Looks a Whole Lot Like George Lucas’ New Museum (Photos)
In four years, George Lucas will join the likes of Eli Broad and J. Paul Getty as a private museum founder in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, the L.A. City Council approved his plans to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Exposition Park, just cross the street from his alma mater, USC. But as Julia Louis-Dreyfus and fans of “Veep” might have noticed, Lucas’ design for his futuristic museum resembles that of the Selina Meyer Presidential Library, which is notable because both buildings look like (wait for it) a vagina. In the “Veep” Season 6 finale, Selina (Louis-Dreyfus), having just published. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Emmy debate: Could Kate McKinnon be upset by ‘SNL’ co-star Leslie Jones? [Watch]
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”) was the surprise Emmy winner for Best Comedy Supporting Actress in 2016, but now she’s the overwhelming frontrunner to repeat. Is she really a lock, though? She gained even more notoriety for playing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during last fall’s election campaign, so editors Chris Beachum, Marcus Dixon and […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Naya Rivera, Ne-Yo and Faizon Love to Star on YouTube Red Series ‘Step Up: High Water’
Naya Rivera, Ne-Yo and Faizon Love have joined YouTube Red and Lionsgate series “Step Up: High Water,” which is based on the film franchise. “High Water” is currently in production in Atlanta. The 10-episode drama focuses on several ambitious young dancers in a contemporary performing arts school located there. The series is created and executive produced by showrunner Holly Sorenson. Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Meredith Milton — all producers of the original “Step Up” films — will also executive produce, along with Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum, who co-starred in the first movie. Shankman also directed the pilot. Original songs for. »
- Tony Maglio
'Baby Driver': How Edgar Wright Staged the Crime Movie's Musical Action Scenes
Edgar Wright was, by his own account, "21 years old, living in North London, broke and on the dole – that's British for 'welfare'" in 1995 when he was struck by what he can only compare to a near-religious vision. The filmmaker was in the process of editing his first movie, a low-budget Spaghetti western homage, but the future director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz had nothing lined up and no sense of what he really wanted to do with his life. And then he put on "Bellbottoms," the first »
Melanie Lynskey Joins Hulu’s Stephen King Series ‘Castle Rock’
Lynskey will play Molly Strand, a woman with a rare medical condition who’s barely scraping by as a real estate agent in a town where every third property is the site of someone’s worst nightmare.
Lynskey recently appeared in the Netflix series “Girlboss” and starred in HBO’s Duplass Brothers series “Togetherness.” She also had a recurring role on “Two and a Half Men” as the deranged neighbor Rose. She is repped by The Gersh Agency.
Lynskey is the latest casting addition to “Castle Rock,” which will also star André Holland, Sissy Spacek, and Jane Levy. The series is described as a psychological-horror drama set in the Stephen King multiverse, centered around the inhabitants of the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock, which figured prominently in several of King’s works.
“Castle Rock” has landed a 10-episode first season order, with »
- Joe Otterson
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